December 1525

The Lost Opportunity

The juvenile rapist Bill passed by Parliament may not mitigate crimes due to several unanswered questions like:

(a) Whether to continue with the Juvenile Justice Board;

(b) where to lodge the juvenile rapists- in jails with adults or in juvenile homes;

(c) Quantum and  type of of  punishment-whether  chemical castration for juveniles and 25 to 30 years of imprisonment for adults

(d) Why were questions of giving  retrospective effect to legislation and extension of detention  of Nirbhaya’s rapist, not debated by Parliament in terms of Supreme court’s  latest verdict/observations  in the case? Release of rapist would also force Nirbhaya's parents to live in constant fear of being attacked. The rapist will also live under threat of  public lynching due to extreme rage and contempt against him. Psychotic conditions could result in suicidal tendencies. One hopes, the President of India would address these concerns before

according his assent to the bill to enact the law.


Hats off to PM Modi for his birthday diplomacy by his stop over at Lahore, enroute India. Today is Qaid-e Azam's, Vajpayee ji's and Nawaz Sharif's birthdays. Credit goes to India's NSA-- Ajit Doval, Sir. Modi's honesty in walking an extra mile, must be reciprocated with matching warmth..Modi is a fast-track statesman with no time to waste. No room for mutual mistrust ,distrust and acrimony. People on both sides of LOC, want amicable relations. The moot question is: Will Pak army permit a defrost in relations between two neighbours?

Let the opportunity not be lost by a repeat of Kargil -like situation..It is understood that even MEA was not kept in the loop. But, Sushma Swaraj was privy to the secret decision.

But, why is the Congress opposed to the carry forward of dialogue between India and Pakistan ?

To hell with the hardliners on both sides of LOC.


December 1523

The Lost Opportunity

The Parliament passing the juvenile rapist bill in a huff, is meaningless. It will not mitigate juvenile rapes and murders Many loopholes. Quantum of punishment, fate of juvenile justice board, where to lodge juvenile rapists - along with adults or separately. Could there be differential punishments like chemical castration for juveniles and 25 to 30 years of life imprisonment for the adults ? Why could the legislation not have retrospective effect ? Was it not possible in the light of Supreme court's latest observation on Nirbhaya case?

EVEN EXTENDED DETENTION OF NIRBHAYA'S RAPIST COULD BE ALLOWED BY THE PARLIAMENT DESPITE BEING FREED BY SUPREME COURT. PARLIAMENT IS SUPREME TO LEGISLATE ON MAKING RETROSPECTIVE LAWS. Justice was not given to Nirbhaya.even after three years. Release of Nirbhaya's juvenile rapist has put Nirbhaya's parents live in permanent fear. Even the rapist would face the danger of public lynching in the face of public outrage. In the absence of application of mind by the Parliament, the exercise has been a total failure. LET THE PRESIDENT OF INDIA NOT ACCORD HIS ASSENT TO THE BILL AND MAKE IT AN ACT, TILL THE ABOVE DEFICIENCIES ARE SORTED OUT TO MAKE THE LAWS MORE EFFECTIVE AND MEANINGFUL.


The indians are fed up with Parliamentary form of democracy. The advent of coalition govt. has made it worse with its glorious uncertainties and compulsions of coalition dharma. Accountability of Parliament to people is missing. Bills remain pending in Rajya Sabha for unlimited period. Opposition thronging the well of the house and shouting slogans, go unpunished. MPs get fat salaries, privileges and freebies without working. Huge expenditure is incurred on their elections with black money flowing. These modern Maharajas are more self-seeking and blood-sucking than their precursors - the 560 princes of native states. Should India experiment with the Presidential form of government ?At least, a public debate on reviewing the Constitution should start.


The suggestion to do away with IAS (WIC, Dec 21) seems irrational. In fact, according financial edge to the IAS smacks of bureaucratic racism. The IAS officers presently get a two-year edge over other services for getting empanelled to come on deputation at the Centre besides get two additional increments @ 3 percent over their basic pay at three promotion stages i.e.STS, JAG and NFSG levels. It thus becomes the primus interpares with other Services. The discrimination must be removed to bring all Services at par.


Out of six convicts of Nirbhaya case, one died in prison, four were handed death sentences. Their appeals are pending in Supreme court. The sixth, a juvenile rapist stands released. He was short of being a major (18 yrs.) by six months at the time of crime. Strange mathematics of juvenile justice delivery mechanism. The court acted as per Law? There exists so much societal contempt and hatred against the juvenile rapist that, once released, he could either attempt suicide or be shot at. Worse still, what is the guarantee that he does not repeat the same crime. Neither the Central govt nor the Court could be blamed.  It is the Congress - dominated Rajya Sabha, where the Bill is pending consideration.


December 1520

Is this democracy?

The National Herald case stinks of fraud and misappropriation - a classic case where fraudsters allegedly create dodgy wealth, transfers and then sit on it - knowing full well that the legal system will take decades to resolve. What was the motive behind collecting goons and exhort them to create breach of  peace around the court’s premises in Delhi? What kind of message,a mainstream political party intends to send to people of India?


All Services must be treated at par. Inter-Services rivalry is growing nastier, leading to decline in morale and efficiency. Creating a unified single Service would have been ideal in order to remove the existing anomalies in service conditions. Members could be imparted training as per specific modules to meet the requirement of job profiles. This will require careful examination after taking into consideration the pros and cons. For the present, however, following steps should be taken to stop further heart-burnings and frustration among the non-IAS services and remove discrimination:

(a)Same initial pay-scales for all services;

(b) No time-scale promotions; this involves undeserved advantage ;

(c) System of performance-based promotions should be introduced;

(d) Break silos for senior level appointments ie Director and above;

(e) The posts of union Cabinet  Secy, Defence and Home secretaries should not be monopolized by one  elite Service.

These  posts  should be thrown open to other Services too provided there is a level playing field, as enumerated above. All Services have brilliant officers.


Considering compulsions of coalition govt , governance in Bihar may not be a cakewalk. With his politically immature son as Dy CM, Lalu Yadav as leader of the largest party will constantly interfere with decision making resulting in friction. Pre-election bon homie may not lead to post election good governance. The Congress party will also demand its pound of flesh. Do not forget, Nitish Kumar and Rahul Gandhi perceive themselves as the Prime Ministerial aspirants in 2019 General election. Absence of Mulayam Singh and UP,CM, is baffling. With multiple centres of power in the political Executive , the Bihar bureaucracy will be the worst sufferer.


December 1511

Bureaucratic Racism

The media report ( Indian Express, Dec 7,2015) about the lavish dinner hosted by Secretary, (Urban Dev) to elite officers on completion of probational attachments makes a disturbing reading. Ignoring officers of other Services , has revived the unsavoury controversy exposing the feudal mindset of the power that be. Feast was not important; but promoting inter-Services discrimination was certainly not in good taste. Against this backdrop, formal protests by officers of “weaker” Services, is justified. Inter-services friction must be mitigated, better still, eliminated by providing a level playing field. I would urge PM Modi to order an impact assessment study of the probational attachment experiment through an independent agency.


Here are excerpts from Lok Sabha proceedings, held shortly after independence, when the abolition of ICS was debated. A member quipped: "It is time we abolished the ICS, it is neither Indian nor civil and certainly what they do, is not Service". But , the anglophiles in Lok Sabha overruled the suggestion by  sheer "tyranny of numbers". This is how the monstrosity of a new bureaucracy was born.


December 1508

Aimless Congress

Sonia Gandhi is in a political mourning. Congress is rudderless, directionless, totally rattled.


Pappu has gone berserk.Hit by foot-in-the mouth disease. Depression writ large on his face, covered by aggressive posturing.


The Congress wants to deal politically with a matter,purely legal..Legal luminaries-cum- congressmen are presenting their defence in press conferences while sceaming for public support. This is litigation, not an election rally. Rhetorics don't work.


More boycots,walk-outs, sloganeering in expected. Congress goons let loose to create 1984-like r iot situation.


Typical Indira Gandhi tactic. Why is Sonia and her morons blaming PM Modi of political vendetta. Utterly desperate,frustrated and demoralised.Hell bent on creating countrywide violence.


National Herald haunts the Congress..

Sonia - Rahul Gandhi are frightened leaving the Congressmen.confused.

Sonia ji asserts her identity : " I am Indira Gandh's daughter-in-law."

Who disputes it ? A matter of record.

She demonstrates her nervousness by stating:-- " I am not scared. I am not upset ".

Her body language does not match her arrogant assertions.

This is the beginning of the end of the corrupt dynasty.

Congress kay burrey din aa gaye hain.

Let it start its search for a new President and Vice President.

Intra-Congress disputes,hitherto in hibernation, could come to surface.

War of accession might start.

All the accused may have to appear before the trial court in Patiala on Dec 19.

Bail or Jail is the moot question ?

Every indian seeks an answer.


Delhi govt has demonstrated puerility by issuing executive orders without consulting the principal stake-holders-- the public, Delhi Police and  GOI. It has merely copied the Chinese model. India is a democracy where consultation is respected except during national emergency. The Delhiites would be the first to support any anti-pollution measure provided it is even-handed. The rule was partially enforced in China due to autocracy and an effective transport network. Both are missing in Delhi. Orders of NCT,Delhi, are considered discriminatory for not covering Delhi legislators, Ministers,MPs, Union ministers, top bureaucrats and their equivalents in Constitutional and statutary bodies and Judges.

The statement by India’s new CJI that “he could travel by buses or car-pooling” was a trailblazer. Other Supreme Court judges are equally modest. How could the politicians, ministers, top bureaucrats etc lag behind? When public health is at stake, all should lead by examples by resorting to car pooling, car sharing and travelling by public transport. The argument of security cover, should not be over-played except for the President, Vice President, PM and other dignitaries. Public and private sector executives must travel by hiring buses. The fleet of Delhi metros and buses must be re-inforced.At present, these are packed like sardines with commuters. Delhi Police is ill-equipped to catch the offenders. If the police goes on stopping vehicles, there'll be massive jams, arguments and chaos on roads. Delhi Police will get blame for no fault. There is a danger of commercial vehicles changing their number plates every day. A kid’s job in NCR that takes pride in selling urea as milk and milk products along with fake medicines.

Against this background, CM, Delhi is advised to defer the implementation, say by a month and review his unilateral decision by consulting all stakeholders. There should be application of mind.


December 1504

Chennai floods

After Uttranchal, J&K, it is now Chennai's turn to get devastated by incessant rains. But, we refuse to learn from mistakes.

Forget building 100 new smart cities for the present. Focus on existing metropolitan cities.  Tighten municipal governance. Punish  the corrupt  for dereliction of duties. Undertake regular de-silting of rivers, storm water drains, sewerage , small enough to fast growing population. Stop constructing new buildings by destroying water bodies.The climate change can play havoc with any city in the country,any time.


About A.K.Saxena

A K SAXENA, an Indian national, is a retired civil servant from Government of India He is also a freelance journalist with several published investigative articles and columns in various fields to his credit. His writings are a reflection of his interest in writing on divergent themes and making the topics relevant to a wider audience. A post graduate in Chemistry from University of Delhi,he could not sustain his interest in pursuing research and instead chose to enter the government service through the IAS etc exam held by the UPSC. “KALASAVYA” that brought out several publications besides organizing cultural shows.

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